Welcome to the Department of Sociology at the University of Toronto. Established in 1963, the Department offers courses to more than 5,000 undergraduate students and 100 graduate students. There are three independent undergraduate programs, one at each of the three University of Toronto campuses (the downtown St. George campus, the University of Toronto at Mississauga, and the University of Toronto at Scarborough). There is a unified Graduate Program, however. Based at 725 Spadina Avenue on the St. George campus in downtown Toronto, it involves all faculty members from the three campuses.

This website provides information about the St. George Undergraduate and Graduate Programs. The Undergraduate Programs at the University of Toronto at Mississauga (UTM) and the University of Toronto at Scarborough (UTSC) have websites of their own.

Our Graduate Program boasts more than 60 faculty members with diverse research interests. They publish regularly in highly-rated American, Canadian and European academic journals and have produced many important monographs. They are also experts who often inform the media, business, social policy, government programs and laws. In 2012, a committee of internationally renowned sociologists assessed the research profile of the department, concluding that it is the ‘best Sociology department in Canada' and ‘one of the best in the world.’ Consistent with this external review, the 2013 QS World University Ranking scores our Department as the world’s 12th best sociology department [http://www.topuniversities.com/university-rankings/university-subject-rankings/2013/sociology].

Several prominent sociologists have taught at the University of Toronto, including Charles Tilly, Seymour Martin Lipset and Dennis Wrong. Another world renowned sociologist, Erving Goffman, did his undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto. There are far more U of T Sociology PhDs in tenured positions at Canadian research intensive universities than from any other university. Many of our graduates also obtain important jobs in government and the private sector. Graduates who have made a significant impact in the private sector include Environics pollsters Michael Adams and Donna Dasko.

On this website you will find more information on our areas of research interest, faculty expertise, program requirements and the application process.

bandersenThe Department celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. If our success this past year is any indication, our future will be just as bright as the previous 50 years.

Our faculty and graduate students received many prestigious awards and honours in 2012-13. Of particular note, Professor John Myles received the Canadian Sociological Association’s Outstanding Contribution Award, Professor Candace Kruttschnitt was elected President of the American Society of Criminology, and Professor Scott Schieman was awarded a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair. Members of our Department also received three best paper awards, two best student paper awards and a dissertation award from sections of the American Sociological Association, a best publication award from the Gerontological Society of America, and the best student paper award from the Canadian Sociological Association.

The coming year promises to be just as exciting. The St. George and Mississauga departments have started searches to fill two new tenure-track faculty positions at each of the campuses. We also look forward to getting to know three new faculty members--Christian Caron, Clayton Childress and Jennifer Carlson—all of whom started permanent positions this July. A fourth tenure-track appointment, David Pettinnichio, will join us in 2014. This spring, we will fill the S.D. Clark Chair, which has become vacant since Professor Barry Wellman’s retirement in the summer of 2013. Finally, we begin the second year of a major fundraising campaign that has resulted in the creation of four new graduate student scholarships.

I encourage you to explore this website. I’m confident that you will conclude that our department has much to offer.

Robert Andersen
Chair and Distinguished Professor of Social Science


The Department of Sociology is pleased to announce the establishment of four scholarships for new students entering our Graduate Program. Contributions to these scholarships are very much appreciated. Please make your donations at: https://donate.utoronto.ca/give/show/63.

Faculty Legacy Scholarship Fund

Approximately 163 faculty members have served in the Department of Sociology from 1963-64 to 2012-13. They demonstrated academic excellence, achieved international recognition, and dedicated their energy to the highest standards of teaching and mentorship. This scholarship honors their important contributions.

S.D. Clark Scholarship

S.D. Clark helped establish the Department of Sociology at the University of Toronto, becoming its first Chair in 1963. He was a historical sociologist who made important contributions to the study of Canadian society, particularly in the study of social movements and the relationship between economic development and the development of churches and sects.

Ann Marie Sorenson Scholarship

Until her untimely death in 2013, Ann Sorenson was a dedicated teacher and administrator in the Department of Sociology for more than 25 years. She served two terms as Associate Chair, Undergraduate and was widely admired for her teaching of statistics and research methods.

Raymond Breton Scholarship

Raymond Breton, a long-time faculty member in the Department of Sociology, is Canada’s leading student of ethnic diversity. He has contributed substantially to academic research and pressing public policy debates on French-English relations, immigrant communities, race relations, aboriginal peoples, and bilingualism.